Posts tagged bacon
Posts tagged bacon
- 4 good-sized russet potatoes
- 6 strips thick-cut bacon (or 8 strips thin-cut bacon), diced
- 1 large yellow onion, diced small
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- Salt (sea salt is great if you have it)
- Olive oil
- Heat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Scrub the potatoes clean, rub them will olive oil, and sprinkle them with salt. Prick the potatoes a few times with the tines of a fork. Arrange them a little ways apart on the baking sheet. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until they are completely soft when pierced with a fork and the skins are dry.
- While the potatoes are baking, begin preparing the filling. Warm a skillet over medium heat and cook the bacon until most of the fat has rendered and the bacon has crisped to your liking. Remove the bacon bits with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
- Pour off all but a teaspoon of the bacon fat. Cook the onions with a half teaspoon of salt until the onions are deep golden and caramelized. Stir in the garlic and cook for another thirty seconds. Remove from heat.
- When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, slice them in half and scoop the insides into a medium-sized bowl. Leave a quarter inch or so of potato next to the skin. Mash the potatoes with the onions, garlic, bacon, sour cream, and about 3/4 cup of the cheddar cheese. Give it a taste, and add more salt and pepper as you see fit.
- Arrange the potato skins on the baking sheet. Divide the filling between all the skins and sprinkle the tops with the remaining 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese. At this point, the potatoes can be baked right away, or refrigerated and baked later.
- Bake for another 15-20 minutes, until the cheese has melted and the peaks of the mashed potatoes are crispy. Potatoes that were refrigerated may take a little longer. Serve straight off the baking sheet while still hot and bubbly. Leftovers will keep for up to a week.
Heat your oven to 350º F and coat a 6-cup muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, and salt in a medium bowl, then evenly distribute the egg mixture among the muffin cups.
Add about 2 tablespoons of mix-ins to each cup, then sprinkle on a bit of Parmesan cheese, if you like.
Bake the frittatas until they are puffy and the edges are golden brown, about 20 to 25 minutes. (If necessary, run a butter knife around the edge of each one to loosen them before removing them from the pan.) Makes 6 mini frittatas.
Corn and Tomato Pie
- 1 1/2 cups corn, about 3 ears
- 1 1/2 pounds beefsteak tomatoes, about 4 medium, diced
- 4 strips bacon, cut into small pieces and cooked (optional)
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise or sour cream
- 2 green onions, sliced
- 1 handful basil, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 pie crusts pastry or biscuit
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- Mix the corn, tomatoes, bacon, mayo, green onions, basil, cheddar cheese and cayenne and season with salt and pepper.
- Fit one of the pie crusts into a 9 inch pie plate, pour in the corn and tomato mixture and fit the remaining pie crust on top folding it over the edges of the bottom one and crimping to seal in the juices.
- Brush top of the pie with butter and cut 3-4 1-2 inch slits in the crust to let out the steam.
- Bake in a preheated 350F oven until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling, about 30-40 minutes.
Cook bacon in skillet. Remove bacon (leaving grease in the bottom of the skillet) and add onions and celery. Cook until tender. Add mushrooms, rice and soy sauce. Cook 10 minutes on low heat. Stir in beaten egg and cook only until egg is done. Add crumbled bacon and mix well.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly butter 6 standard muffin cups. With a rolling pin, flatten bread slices slightly and, with a 4 1/4-inch cookie cutter, cut into 8 rounds. Cut each round in half, then press 2 halves into each muffin cup, overlapping slightly and making sure bread comes up to edge of cup. Use extra bread to patch any gaps. Brush bread with remaining butter.
In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium, until almost crisp, 4 minutes, flipping once. (It will continue to cook in the oven.) Lay 1 bacon slice in each bread cup and crack an egg over each. Season with salt and pepper. Bake until egg whites are just set, 20 to 25 minutes. Run a small knife around cups to loosen toasts. Serve immediately.
(Standard muffin pans come in 6- or 12-cup size; if baking 6 items in a 12-cup pan, leave empty space in between. Nonstick pans are nice but not essential. Beware of very thin pans, which often lead to burning. Place pans on a baking sheet to make them easier to get in and out of the oven.)
Combine first 4 ingredients, mix in hash browns. Spread into a 9x13 pan. Bake at 400 for 45-60 minutes.
You will need a can of Pillsbury Crescent dough, cream cheese, 2-3 fresh jalapeños, and bacon (if you want… I always want bacon.) Oven pre-heated to 350 degrees F.
Chop the jalapeños into small pieces. Clean out the seeds. Don’t stick your fingers in your eyes or mouth for the rest of the day.
Cut the bacon into pieces and then cook it up. I usually cut it up first cuz then you have nice, neat pieces and it doesn’t get too crumbly. Just watch it so it doesn’t burn. Unless you like burnt bacon. But that’s weird.
Roll out your dough. It’s perforated into triangles, but I cut each triangle in half with a pizza cutter and do one popper on each half. Does that make sense? Sorry I didn’t take pictures of that part. You can do it without cutting the crescents in half, and they’ll just be a little bigger than bite size.
Layer a small dollop of cream cheese, a piece or two of jalapeño, and bacon.
Bring the corners of the dough together and twist them together at the top. Press the edges of the dough together so the insides don’t gush out.
Bake 10-15 minutes at 350 and munch away!